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, the vice presidential debate from the 1988 campaign. michael dukakis picked lloyd bentsen of texas. the two candid for about 25 years apart in age, something that provided one of the defining moments. there was held in omaha, neb.. is about one hour and 35 minutes. >> good evening. on behalf of the commission of presidential debates i am pleased to welcome me to the vice presidential debate. i am judy woodruff. my colleagues are tom brokaw of nbc news, and a brit hume of abc news. the importance of tonight the president is underscored by two fax. both george bush and michael bad -- michael dukakis said their running mates would reveal a lot about themselves. based on the history, there is almost a 50-50 chance that one of the men here tonight will become president of the united states. the candidates are senator dan quayle and lloyd bentsen, the democratic nominee. [applause] for the next 90 minutes, we will be questioning the candidates following a format designed and agreed to by representatives of the two campaigns. however, there are america rigid restrictions on the questions my collea
. >> moderator: senator bentsen question for you and you have two minutes to respond. what bothers people was not so much for qualification, but your split on policy with governor dukakis. he has said that he does not want to clone himself, but you disagree with him on some major issues, a that the in nicaragua conference, did the death penalty, gun-control among others. if you had to step into the presidency, whose agenda would you pursue, yours or his? >> i am delighted to respond to that question. because we agree on so many things and in the best majority of the issues, we agree on the fact we have to cut this deficit. and governor dukakis has been able to cut the deficit ten budgets in a row in the state of massachusetts. while he lowered the tax burden on the people from one of the highest to one of the law were in the united states. that is a major sense of achievement and i admire that and i'm just delighted to be on the ticket with him. governor dukakis and i agree that we ought to have a trade policy for this country. but we've seen this administration more than double the natio
. and now the 1988 vice- presidential debate. dan quayle and lloyd bentsen of texas. the two vice presidential candidates were 25 years apart in age which provided one of the defining moments. the debate was held in omaha and was moderated by pbs's judy woodruff. >> on behalf of the commission on presidential debates, i am pleased to welcome you to this vice presidential debate. i'm judy woodruff of pbs' "macneil-lehrer news hour" and "frontline." my colleagues on the panel are -- john margolis of "the chicago tribune," tom brokaw of nbc news, and brit hume of abc news. the importance of tonight's debate is underscored by two facts. both george bush and michael dukakis said their selections of a running mate would reveal a lot about themselves. and based on the history since world war ii, there is almost a 50-50 chance that one of the two men here tonight will become president of the united states. the candidates are senator dan quayle, the republican nominee, and senator lloyd bentsen, the democratic nominee. [applause] >> for the next 90 minutes we will be questioning the candid
and this was senator bentsen's response. >> senators, i served with jack kennedy, i knew jack kennedy, jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you are no jack kennedy. [applause] >> that still stings, doesn't it? is it possible to prepare for something like that? >> he probably should have. i remember that. a colleague of mine was in the room when that line was written for senator bentsen. the appearances -- become parents is to kennedy were frequent. senator quayle bought those would work to his advantage. -- the comparisons to kennedy were quite frequent. senator quayle sought those would work to his advantage. >> it was gotten wrong in a debate with george w. bush in 2000. you can see gore advancing threatening toward the bush who would later win the presidency after a battle over vote counting. i cannot imagine anything like that happening tonight. in fact, the opposite. these are very cool customers. how should they loosened up without making that mistake? >> al gore had the unfortunate personality -- he resembled a tin woodman when he was in front of the camera. i cannot believe that his
turn on the lights please? i need to look at folks here. bentsen/quayle. do you remember what happens? the "you are no jack kennedy" line. dan quayle, the republican nominee, and lloyd bentsen, the democratic nominee. there are three things after this particular debate that we learn. ben, i need you again. could you stand here? amanda, come on down. i need one other person. go on that side. thank you. there is a researcher out there -- go ahead. that way, i can talk about it. there is a researcher going around taking a look at what is working during debates pictorially. not necessarily arguments because most of us in this room cannot recall an argument from last wednesday's debate. what he finds out is that if you pivot toward amanda, your opponent, the camera will pick up what your opponent is doing. your opponent -- look right at ben and shake your head no. "what you are saying is baloney ." the worst thing you can do is look down and look guilty. what happens in 1992, which we will see after we see 98, you will see that the third person -- after we see 1998, you will see the third
played the clip, where bentsen squashed dan quayle and, we had our campaign chairman and governor clinton and our top staff and went to a little bar, across the street, and we were high, high on excitement and we waited for the numbers to come in from our pollster and when we called him, he said you want the good news or the bad news? and, i always go for bad news and he said, no, i have to tell you, bentsen 10-1 on the debate, and, bentsen, 10-1, over dan quayle and dukakis and bush and i asked the key question and, i said what is the horse race and he said, virtually unchanged. >> arthel: but we're talking about momentum and maybe you are right. it will be the same thing. let's talk about vice president biden and the possibility of him redirecting the momentum towards the president and, what does congressman ryan have to do to pick up where the governor lift off on wednesday night? >> what ryan has to do is not make a mistake and it will help him to be on the same platform as biden as, frankly it helped mitt romney not taking anything away from his performance and it helped him to be ev
to be all about performance. the last thing that i remember is that lloyd bentsen said to dan quayle, you are no jack kennedy. it turned out that lloyd bentsen was no vice president, either. because it just didn't matter. will this thing matters subsequently to the outcome of the presidential election? >> i think you will be an important evening. an opportunity for him to show america what a wonderful human being he is. his level of integrity and intelligence and his knowledge about the budget. let's face it, we are facing a predictable crisis in this nation and the reason why i was so excited when governor romney pics paul ryan is not only do i know him as a fine human being, but he also, his actions put forward real solutions. that is so critically important nowadays when america is hungry for leadership, which this president simply has not. paul has been providing that leadership and that is what we saw what governor romney as well. someone who had a command presents. he helps to get the legislation passed and i will be a critical difference. >> will he be able to do as well if they sc
candidates say and i think we all agree that most -- the most one-sided debate as lloyd bentsen and dan quayle and, brit hume you were on the podium, that night. and -- rather, the panel, and, that was the one, we are seeing the moment, where bentsen says to dan quayle, you are no jack kennedy and, you hear the roar from the crowd but he was running with dukakis and we didn't end up with him. >> i remember after the debate was over i asked the question of dan quayle, if something happened to the president, god forbid what would be the first thing you'd do and he fumbled the question and, lloyd bentsen had a smooth answer and i asked the same question again, because i thought, he had a chance to think about it while dan quayle fumbled and give him another crack at it to be fair, right? and he fumbled it again and, tom brokaw asked a third time and he gave the answer mentioning jack kennedy and left the opening for him to say that. what i'm saying is, i thought at the time, man, that will turn it into a rout and will be the sound bite that plays forever, this is a bad night for the ticket
a well rehearsed one-liner. >> governor, there you go again. >> reporter: most memorably, lloyd bentsen's takedown of dan quayle in 1988. >> jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> reporter: but beware that deer in the head lights moment when a candidate forgets he's expected to be human. >> governor, if kitty dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer? >> no, i don't, bernard. >> i feel sorry for these candidates because there's a bunch of people sitting around a room right now telling them to do ten impossible things and then at the end saying be yourself. >> reporter: and if you lose the first round you can recover at the next match with a well executed zinger. >> i am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. >> reporter: even a strong debate performance by john kerry wasn't enough to defeat george w. bush, but debates matter because it's the first chance to size up the candidates in unscripted moments one-on-one. brian? >> andrea mitchell, who by the way will be
: in 1988, vice presidential candidate dan quayle made that mistake against lloyd bentsen. >> i knew jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: in the era of scripted and stage-managed candidates, the debates offer something increasingly dangerous-- the chance of a spontaneous moment. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news." we'll be right back at 6:00 with tonight's debate. i'm scott pelley in denver. see you in a minute. [monotone] she says, "switch to progressive and you could save hundreds."
and lloyd bentsen on the 8th of november. [cheers and applause] >> and i think the vice president supported the bork nomination. you know, mr. bush has never appointed a judge. i've appointed over 130, so i have a record. [laughter] >> and i'm very proud of it. i don't ask people whether they're republicans or democrats. i've appointed prosecutors, i've appointed defenders. i don't appoint people i think are liberal or people who think -- who i think are conservative. i appoint people of independence and integrity and intelligence, people who will be a credit to the bench. and those are the standards that i will use in nominating people to the supreme court of the united states. these appointments are for life. these appointments are for life. and when the vice president talks about liberals on the bench, i wonder who he's talking about. is he talking about a former governor of the state of california, who is a former prosecutor, a republican named earl warren? because i think chief justice earl warren was an outstanding chief justice, and i think most americans do too. >> ann compton has a
foundation. senator bentsen said, as you recall at the debate with senator quayle, that if you give any of us $200 billion worth of hot checks a year, we can create an illusion of prosperity. but sooner or later that credit card mentality isn't going to work. and i want to bring to the white house a sense of strength and fiscal responsibility which will build a good strong foundation under which this country, or above which country can move, grow, invest, and build the best america for its people and for our kids and our grandkids. >> mr. vice president, your response. >> the governor has to balance the budget in his state he is required to by law. he has raised taxes several times. i wish he would join me, as a matter of fact, in appealing to the american people for the balanced budget amendment for the federal government and for the line-item veto. [applause] i'd like to have that line-item veto for the president, because i think that would be extraordinarily helpful. and i won't do one other thing that he's had to do -- took $29 million out of his state pension fund that's equivalent at th
. but you know lloyd bentsen jumped on dan quayle when he had two terms in the senate serving his second term. he founded the -- authored the job training partner at ship act. it says to american working men and women that are thrown out of work through no fault of their own, that they're going to have job. we're moving into a new competitive age and we need that kind of thing. he unlike my opponent, is an expert on national defense, helped amend the i.n.f. treaty. so we had a good, sound treaty. when these people over here, we're talk about a freeze. if we would listen to them, we would never have a treaty. i have confidence in him. it's turning around. you know, the american people are fair. they don't like it when there's an unfair pounding and hooting about people. they want to judge it on the record itself. i don't think age is the only criterion. i'm proud that people who are 30 years old, 40 years old now have people in their generation that are going to be vice president of the united states. i made a goodand he could do th. >> gov. dukakis, your one- minute rebuttal. >> bernard,
but they're not all game changers. arguably some of those moments like lloyd bentsen and dan quayle didn't change anything because michael dukakis in the final presidential debate showed sort of a remarkable lack of human affect you might say in response to bernie schultz question. >> that didn't help the game from dukakis' point of view. lloyd bentsen's line was great line. >> well rehearsed. >> well delivered, well rehearsed. what do we remember from 2008? no lines. that was not a game changing debate between senator obama and senator mccain. >> not the way it was during the primary races. one of the things that you learned from that moment with benson and quayle, is they have been watching dan quayle, this young, some would say not fully prepared senator, and not prepared for the national stage, and watching how he kept comparing himself to john f. kennedy to show that kennedy was also young and they were ready to pounce with that. >> these guys have been on both sides known each other, going to be their opponents, reviewing individual yes videotapes, studied about them, forgetting ab
's revival of lloyd bentsen's 1988 -- vice president's revival of lloyd bentsen's 1988 barb. >> here's randall pinkston are highlights from the clash in kentucky and results of who came out the winner. >> i will be very specific. >> reporter: vice president joe biden wasted no time challenging congressman paul ryan's take on foreign policy. >> with all due respect, that's a bunch malarkey. >> and why is that so? >> not a single thing he said is accurate. >> reporter: the vice president and ryan clashed over the economy, taxes and medicare with the democrat often on the attack. >> and they're holding hostage the middle class tax cut. it's about time they take some responsibility. >> reporter: but ryan fired back. he slammed the obama administration's economic record. >> this is not what a real recovery looks like. we need real reforms for a real recovery, and that's exactly what mitt romney and i are proposing. >> reporter: after several heated exchanges, ryan insinuated that president obama's performance last week was motivating the vice president. >> mr. vice president, i know you'r
. >> reporter: scripted. so was this. bentsen to quayle. >> i served with jack kennedy. i knew jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> reporter: lesson two -- think spelling bee. memorize every possible answer because mistakes will define you forever. don't get the obvious stuff wrong. >> there is no soviet domination of eastern europe. >> reporter: and have a plan to handle bizarro curveball questions. >> if kitty dukakis were raped and murdered -- >> reporter: mr. dukakis there, governor, answered that death penalty question with policy talk. >> i think there are better and more effective ways to deal with violent crime. >> reporter: -- which did not go well for him. which leads to lesson three -- appearances count, above all. jfk. tan. nixon? just out of the hospital, pale and refusing professional makeup. lighting counts, too. in 1984, reagan's people fussed more over his, man mondale's did over his. and reagan always had a glass of wine just before going on to get the rosy cheeks. lesson four. real debating? so far, after 52 years, not actua
lloyd bentsen saying this to dan quayle as he said he he had as much experience as jfk. >> jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> two very memorable lines but you made an interesting observation. >> they are quite famous but both were uttered by losing candidates. paul ryan and joe biden know the stakes are huge for this debate. this is brand-new terrain for ryan. biden has more pressure on him than last week after the man at the top of the ticket did not deliver. >> rick klein with the bigger picture, thank you. >>> a reminder right here, "one on one, the candidates debate" on thursday night, diane and george right at the desk. jake tapper and me at the debate hall, and abc's martha raddatz will be moderating the debate. it all begins at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on abc. >>> in the meantime, we move on to a key issue for voters, the soaring price of gas. averaging 3.81 nationally, that's up 3 cents in the past week. and in california, look at this, an average of 4.65 a gallon, so tonight we're asking what's going on in california, and are we about to
of lloyd bentsen's 1988 barb, here's the results of a poll on who came out on top with randall pinkston. >> i will be very specific. >> reporter: vice president joe biden wasted no time challenging congressman paul ryan's take on foreign policy. >> with all due respect, that's a bunch mularkey. >> and why is that so? >> not a single thing he said is accurate. >> reporter: the vice president and ryan clashed over the economy, taxes and medicare with the democrat often on the attack. >> and they're holding hostage the middle class tax cut. it's about time they take some responsibility. >> reporter: but ryan fired back. he slammed the obama administration's economic record. >> this is not what a real recovery looks like. we need real reforms for a real recovery and that's exactly what mitt romney and i are proposing. >> reporter: after several heated exchanges ryan insinuated that president obama's performance last week was motivating the vice president's -- >> i know you're under a lot of duress for making up for a loss round. >> reporter: who won? it depends who you ask. polls are mixe
against lloyd bentsen. >> i knew jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. (cheers and applause) >> reporter: in the era of scripted and staepblg-managed candidates, the debates offer something increasingly dangerous-- the chance of a spontaneous moment. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news." we'll be back at 9:00 eastern time with our debate coverage. i'm scott pelley in denver. see you again soon. >>> this is 9news now. >> with five weeks to go until election day, president obama versus mitt romney in the first of three presidential debates. good evening, i'm derek mcginty. welcome to 9news now at 7:00. i'm live in the u.s.a. today newsroom. anita brikman is live in the studio. i'm joined by paul singer. he is the politics editor where they are fact checking the debate as it happens. >> how much they say is true and what isn't quite. >> check on our website where we link to u.s.a. today's website. in the meantime, we get to the
candidate lloyd bentsen saying this to dan quayle as he said he had as much experience as jfk. >> jack kennedy was a friend of mine, senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> so powerful moments, rick, but did they make a difference? >> two of the most vice presidential debate lines of all time but both were uttered by losing candidates. they know the stakes are huge for the debate. this is brand-new terrain for paul ryan. biden has more pressure on him now than ever because of the man at the top of the ticket's poor performance last week. >> we'll all be watching. rick klein with the bigger picture, thank you. this right here one on one, george and diane at the dafk and jake tapper and me at the debate hall and martha raddatz moderating the debate beginning at 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on abc. >>> we move on tonight to a key issue for many voters in the electric, the soaring price of gas. now at a record for this time of year, averaging $3.81 nationally, that's up 3 cents in the past week and in california, lo look at this, 4.65. we're asking what's going on in california and are we abou
bentsen. all starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern here on c-span. >> and today on facebook, we are asking what is your favorite vice presidential debate moment. many of your responses mentioned the jack kennedy moment from the lloyd bentsen-dan quayle the base -- debate. find out what others are saying othersfacebook.com/cspan. and see this election's only vice-presidential debate thursday. vice-president joe biden and paul ryan will meet in kentucky. our live previous starts at 7:00 p.m. eastern. the debate starts live at 9:00 p.m. eastern. followed by your reaction at 10:30. followed the debate on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org. >> i do think it is a great look at what is happening in washington. it comes back to you and changes your view. it is different from regular media. it is very objective. it is about what is real and what is going on. when the senate and the house votes on different bills, we've watched in the office and when there are reports on hearings. >>> welcome back to the news at noon. i am adrienne bankert. taking a second look at your top stories. different decisions.
-liners? guest: it could. some candidates don't know how to respond. in 1988, lloyd bentsen, the vice presidential candidate with michael dukakis responded to dan quayle where he said -- dan quayle had brought of john kennedy's name and bentsen was ready with their response saying that he knew john kennedy and he said you are not john kennedy. could see quayle in the background looking victimized. guest: let's take a look at a debate moment back in 2000 with al gore and george w. bush. "washington journa[video clip] >> would you to agree on a national patient's bill of rights? >> absolutely not. there is one bipartisan bill that is now pending in the congress. and the insurance companies support the other bill. they like it because it does not accomplish what needs to be accomplished, to give the decisions back to the doctors and nurses and give -- and let you go to the nearest emergency room. it lets you see a specialist if you need to. it had strong bipartisan support but is being blocked by the republican leadership in the congress and i specifically would like to know whether gove
've spent time in south america, speak the language, so does senator bentsen. we want to work with them and build a new relationship, and they with us. but not a one of those key democratic leaders support our policy in central america. and we've got to work with them if we are going to create an environment for human rights and democracy for the people of this hemisphere, and go to work on our single most important problem, and that is the avalanche of drugs that is poring into our country and virtually destroying those countries. those are the kinds of priorities for national security and for foreign policy that i want to pursue. mr. bush and i have major differences on these issues, and i hope very much to be president and pursue them. >> mr. vice president, you have one minute. >> in terms of regional tensions, we have now gotten the attention of the soviet union. it the reason we've gotten is because they see us now as unwilling to make the very kinds of unilateral cuts that have been called for and to go for the discredited freeze. my opponent had trouble, criticized us, on our po
. >> there you go again. >> reporter: and lloyd bentsen's swipe at fellow senator dan quayle in 1988. >> i served with jack kennedy. i knew jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> reporter: and then there are the moments that seemed to say more. like president george h.w. bush looking at his watch in a 1992 debate with bill clinton. >> i can't. >> reporter: texas governor rick perry's oops remark. >> oops. >> rick, i'll tell you what -- >> reporter: romney's high-dollar wager. >> $10,000 bet? >> reporter: and obama's comments to then-rival hillary clinton in 2008. >> you're not old enough to remember that. >> reporter: one thing analysts agree on, the debates may be romney's big chance. >> he's got two very tough competing goals, be likable and lay out a contrast. it's hard to be likable when you're the attack dog. >> we've gotten to know barack obama pretty well. we've seen this president for four years. there's not a lot of room left on his list to paint. mitt romney, he still has a little white space on his canvas. he can still show us who he is and
zingers, lloyd bentsen had a zinger and he lost. james stockdale had a zinger and lost. what we need is a vision. communicate to the american people, use this as a platform, it's you and them, one on one and i would act as if barack obama is not there. >> let me bring in chris on that point. let me play, chris, what president obama said just yet in nevada. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the best zingers. i don't know about that. governor romney is a good debater. i'm just okay. >> we know both sides are playing this au shuck, i'm just okay. i don't know how i'm going to perform. the president -- >> he's just the president. >> he's been working very hard. he may not be rehearsing zingers but we know, for example, just on the tax loophole question, that paul ryan stumbled and stammered through when on fox news yesterday, there are openings available but the problem, at least that we're hearing, chris, from the obama team, is they're worried his answers will be too long and not crisp and concise. >> well, you know, having watched the presiden
are going to give it a half true. i think we found out lloyd bentsen and jack kennedy weren't that close of friends. if president obama lost some momentum after wednesday's debate today's jobs report, could it bring it back? the first report to show unemployment rate below 8% since the very beginning of his presidency. david plouffe is a senior adviser to the president and of course the architect of the 2008 campaign. he joins me now. let me get your first reaction. how important psychologically is it do you believe to have an unemployment number below 8% the month before the election? >> well chuck i don't think we should focus on politics today. this is obviously showing that we continued to recover from a horrible recession. we've created over 5.2 million private sector jobs the last 30 months as you pointed out the unemployment rate is now back to where it was in january of 2009. and i'd like to make the point though and i think we did talk about this debate wednesday, the recession wasn't an accident. there were policies and reasons that contributed to it. reckless wall street behav
biden. not just once, but a dozen times. car her 2008. >> and lloyd bentsen with dan quayle. >> i knew jack kennedy. he was a friend of mine. senator, you are no jack kennedy. >> memorable moments but hardly game changers. presidential debates can impact vice-presidential debate like this one between biden and all of ryan. they could be different. >> you need to be seeing that they are ready. that there will be ready in a national crisis to be able to step into the oval office and to take a rain of the presidency. beyond that, once they are and that they could start seek touching moments it is really changing the debates. >> the strategic is saying that the first rule is to do no harm a. >> in terms of senses to not to break ground this is not an audition. this is only 2012. >> i do not like a damn thing about it. >> joe biden committed to 20 different debate saying that the contact is never easy. >> i have mostly been doing is quite frankly studying up on ryan's positions on his issues. and romney has embraced from everything that i have seen. i do not want to see that everything is c
-presidential candidates revived lloyd bentsen's 1988 jack kennedy line one of many barbs traded by the candidate last night. >> here's randall pinkston with highlights and results of a poll on who came out the winner. >> i will be very specific. >> reporter: vice president joe biden wasted no time challenging congressman paul ryan's take on foreign policy. >> with all due respect, that's a bunch malarkey. >> and why is that so? >> not a single thing he said is accurate. >> reporter: the vice president and ryan clashed over the economy, taxes and medicare with the democrat often on the attack. >> and they're holding hostage the middle class tax cut. it's about time they take some responsibility. >> reporter: but ryan fired back. he slammed the obama administration's economic record. >> this is not what a real recovery looks like. we need real reforms for a real recovery, and that's exactly what mitt romney and i are proposing. >> reporter: after several heated exchanges, ryan insinuated that president obama's performance last week was motivating the vice president. >> mr. vice president, i know you're
liner from joe biden became the most tweeted moment of the night. was he channeling lloyd bentsen. >> policy of a romney administration will be to oppose abortion with the exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. >> well, i guess he accepts governor romney's position now because in the past he had has argued that there was rape and forcible rape -- >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. the table is now reset for next week's matchup between the president and governor romney's after last night's combative contest in danville between the running mates. the vice presidential candidates sparred for 90 minutes in a contentious debate that delighted their bases but what is the impact on independent and undecided voters. joining me david gregory moderator of "meet the press" and chris cizilla msnbc contributor and managing editor of post-politics.com. the big night in danville first to you, chris overnight quick reaction polls which we don't rely on because they're on-line polls. >> right. >> but your sense from your blog as to whether this was a win, place or dr
of attention to the debates. lloyd bentsen putting down dan quayle and became inaugurated as vice president that january. it was dan quayle. this time maybe a little different because this election so close. so newly close. because we have got what i have been calling momentum politics, momentum is on the republican side. can joe biden turn that around in the debate and set a better stage for the second presidential debate that we have next week in new york? >> momentum is so important. i think that -- you know, besides the fact you have two debaters who are both really pretty substantive guys, i mean, you know, you have one who has been the voice of the budget for the republican party and obviously joe biden for all his years of experience in congress. and as vice president. you add into that their own personal prospects for 2016. give us your take on the vice presidential debate. >> i think that it is going to be really substantive and think it will matter more than they have in the past and i think biden actually has a real chance here to make a difference in par because foreign policy i
lloyd bentsen. >> senator quayle, i don't mean to beat this drum until it has no more sound left in it, but the follow-up on brit hume's question when you said it was a hypothetical situation, it is, after all, the reason why we are here tonight, because you are running not just for vice- president. [cheers and applause] and if you cite the experience you had in congress, surely you must have some plan in mind about what you would do if it fell to you to become president, as it has to so many vice-presidents in the last 25 years or so. >> let me try to answer one more time. i think this is the fourth time i've had this question. >> three times. >> i'll try to answer it as clearly as i can, because the question you're asking is what kind of qualifications does dan quayle have to be president, what qualifications do i have, and what would i do in this kind of situation? what would i do? i would make sure that the people in the cabinet and advisors to the president are called in and i'd talk to them and work with them. i will know them on a firsthand basis, because as vice- president i w
bentsen, much more senior than him, said that he knew kennedy and that dan quayle was no john kennedy. that was an embarrassing moment for dan quayle. in that case, dan quayle was on the winning ticket, but it was a loss for him in the long term and it became a way in which people always questioned whether to be the graves acroitas president. host: some point to and the job that and dick cheney did for george w. bush's presidency when he was able to criticize john edwards. can you talk about that moment and what it did for that campaign? \ guest: yes, that is an important comparison. at that time, donna edwards was the darling of the democratic party. he was seen as very charismatic , up-and-coming democrats who had the ability to look good on television and to appeal to the debates of the democratic party. -- john edwards. he was the fresh face and went on to debate against vice president dick cheney, who was much more senior to him and much less charismatic, but dick cheney was effectivel. he really question whether john edwards was a serious politician. he made the remark that it w
the perspective of the commission and also through working for senator kerry and senator bentsen in 1988 and president clinton. i have been on the campaign side. this has been one of the least complicated discussions that we have had as a commission with the campaigns. we established our criteria pretty early. we said, and here is the format, here are the venues, here are the moderator's, here is the structure we think is in the best interest of the american people. frankly, there was not much of -- disagreement on that between the candidates. the candidates had some discussions back and forth between themselves about logistics and where people would sit and who would speak first. they flipped a coin to decide which side obama would be on on which side romney would be on. all of that stuff, the commission said, work on that on your own. i believe they did that on their own without the kind of like the back and forth and negotiating we have seen in the past. sometimes in the past the campaigns, they have had long legal documents they have negotiated. the commission takes no role in those
. this is for entertainment purposes only. it will not affect the election. it will be great fun to watch. if lloyd bentsen destroying dan quayle had no affect on the campaign, what will? >> you took my line. i was the moderator of that debate. it was the memorable line. in maine all the headlines the next day. it had no effect on the election. >> it will be fascinating. it will be more for entertainment and its impact on the campaign. the skies could not be less alike. joe biden is almost 70 years old. he is a classic, old school liberal politician. paul ryan is 42 years old. he is the new, young gun conservative politician. there is a martian and a moon man. it will be entertaining to watch. i would not just write off that it will have no impact. let's say it is smaller than the last one. palin-biden got a bigger audience in the first obama- mccain debate because people were fascinated by sarah palin. see biden do is go after ryan's record and some of the budget proposals that he has made in the past in the ryan plans and say that is the road romney, not what you are hearing now. he will cut this program
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